Since the firm's founding, "public service" at Stroock has meant reaching out to the least fortunate in our community and helping facilitate the delivery of critical services to neighbors in need. That guiding principle is evident in the work we do today on behalf of persons with disabilities. Our efforts primarily focus on children and families struggling with two entrenched bureaucracies: the NYC Department of Education and the Social Security Administration. We have advocated for dozens of families of children with disabilities who have been wrongly denied either a fair opportunity in school or the basic benefits to which they are entitled. Without counsel, these families are all too often steamrolled by "the System." Stroock pro bono counsel dramatically improve the odds. A win in these high-stakes matters can be transformative for the families we advise.
Stroock attorneys have also written several important amicus briefs to various federal Courts of Appeals arguing against inappropriately narrow interpretation by the States of federal statutes meant to protect the rights of persons with disabilities. We also provide counsel directly to organizations whose purpose is to provide for and advocate on behalf of persons with disabilities.
This work, which requires astute navigation of a web of federal and state law and regulation, has made our attorneys more aware of the power of the law to correct injustice and restore dignity.